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Daniel Ennis

Senior Fellow with the Center for International and Strategic Studies at the University of Maryland (CISSM), the Executive Director of the University of Maryland Cyber Initiative, and CEO of DRE Consulting.

July 21, 2016 — Daniel Ennis has over 36 years of U.S. Government service, principally with the National Security Agency/Central Security Service (NSA/CSS).

Interview with Daniel Ennis

There’s much discussion of a need for cooperation in cybersecurity by government, universities, and industry. Daniel Ennis is former Director of the NSA Threat Operations Center, or NTOC, and currently Executive Director of the University of Maryland Global initiative on Cyber. He joined us in our studio in Baltimore.

Biography

Source: Daniel Ennis

Daniel Ennis is a Senior Fellow with the Center for International and Strategic Studies at the University of Maryland (CISSM), and the Executive Director of the University of Maryland Cyber Initiative. He is also CEO of DRE Consulting. In these roles, he leverages over 36 years of U.S. Government service, principally with the National Security Agency/Central Security Service (NSA/CSS).

Prior to his retirement from in November 2015, Ennis was the Director of the NSA Threat Operations Center (NTOC). NTOC is responsible for conducting 24/7 cryptologic activities to discover, characterize, and proactively counter cyber threats to U.S. national security systems and other networks of interest, while protecting the legal rights of U.S. persons.

Ennis’ distinguished career with the U.S. Government began in 1979 with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). He joined NSA in 1982 and has held numerous senior-level positions, primarily within the Signals Intelligence Directorate. Prior to becoming the NTOC Director, Ennis served as the Assistant Deputy Director of Analysis and Production, providing overall management of the U.S. Signals Intelligence analysis and production mission. Other senior positions held included Deputy Chief, NSA Tailored Access Operations, Chief, Transnational Targets (counter terrorism, counter proliferation, counter intelligence, narcotics and serious crimes, and weapons and space) and Chief, Office of Russia.

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